Police Log: Shoplifter Chased Down by Police, Two Face Second OUI Charges

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department. Arrests
March 19, 1:20 p.m.: A man was seen going through the self-checkout aisle at Target and scanning some items but not others. When security approached the man he kicked the guard and ran toward the back of the building. A detective who responded to the store saw the man running and chased him down. Security recognized the man from previous shoplifting incidents.

Four Face Charges After Teenagers Brawl on Street in Watertown

A disagreement got out of hand and a group of teens and young 20-somethings got into a massive fight, which sent two to the hospital. Four of those involved face criminal charges. 

On March 19 at 2 a.m. a Watertown Police officer was flagged down on Belmont Street near St. Patrick’s Cemetery by a man who said he was jumped by a group of people who were seen running down Ralph Street. At the same time police received 911 calls reporting a fight in the same area. Four people in their late teens were located and they said that they had been attacked by another group of teens.

Chelsea Man Indicted on Drug Trafficking Charges from Arrest in Watertown

A Middlesex County grand jury indicted a Chelsea man arrested on drug trafficking charges from an arrest in Watertown. London Cohen, 28, of Chelsea, was charged with trafficking fentanyl, trafficking over 18 grams of cocaine, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle after revocation of license as habitual traffic offender, and failure to stop for police, according to an announcement this week by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s Office. The indictments were handed down between January 18 and March 6, 2018. In April 2017, Cohen led police on a chase through Watertown which included Massachusetts State Police search dogs and a State Police helicopter. He had been the target of a drug sting by the Suburban Middlesex County Drug Task Force after suspicious activity was reported on the Westside of Watertown.

Watertown Fire Department Promotes Two Members, Welcomes Two Firefighters

Two Watertown Firefighters took steps up the ladder with the Fire Department, while two more started their careers with the Department. The Watertown Fire Department promoted a captain and a lieutenant and swore in two new firefighters during a ceremony at the Watertown Free Public Library on Friday. William Maietta was promoted to Fire Captain. Ryan Gleason was promoted to Fire Lieutenant. He has been on the Department for 12 years.

Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform Legislation Moves Forward in State House

State Sen. Will Brownsberger, from Belmont who represents Watertown, announced that House and Senate have released legislation that would reform the criminal justice system in Massachusetts. Brownsberger included a detailed summary of the legislation on his website. Some of the changes would be:

Strengthen mandatory minimum penalties for opiate trafficking offenses
Reducing minimum mandatory penalties for non-opiate drug offenses
Creating alternatives to prosecution or incarceration for minor offenses
Decriminalizing some minor offenses
Strengthen protections for public safety, including penalties for some types of crime, including corporate manslaughter, homicide by motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a credit card scanner, and high number of repeat OUIs. Improving prisons, and reducing the use of solitary confinement

(Read the entire summary on Brownsberger’s website by clicking here)

Below is the press release from legislators who worked on the legislation:
House and Senate legislators filed their final criminal justice reform conference report with the Senate Clerk on Friday. The consensus legislation is a comprehensive review of the Commonwealth’s criminal justice system.

Police Log: Woman Arrested Twice in One Day, Attempted Home Break In

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department. Arrests
March 12, 2:50 a.m.: An officer patrolling on Mt. Auburn Street spotted a vehicle parked in an alley off Phillips Street behind a business and its motor was running. Two people were in the vehicle. The officer spoke to the occupants and found they both had warrants for their arrest.

Memorial to Fallen Firefighter Dedicated Near Where He Gave His Life Serving Watertown

The corner of Merrifield and Bigelow avenues in East Watertown was the site of a tragedy a year ago, but on Saturday it was a place where family, friends and fellow firefighters came to celebrate the memory of Joseph Toscano. A memorial was unveiled at that corner to honor Toscano, who died in the line of duty while fighting a fire at a home on Merrifield Avenue on March 17, 2017. Current and retired members of the Watertown Fire Department came out for the ceremony in large numbers and were joined by honor guards from Watertown Fire, Watertown Police and members of other fire departments. Two ladder trucks formed an arch over Bigelow Avenue and a podium was set up for the ceremony. Joe’s widow, Maureen, said that all this would have been strange for Toscano.

Police Log: Man Faces OUI Charge After Hitting Pole, Car Found With No Wheels

The following information was provided by the Watertown Police Department. Arrests
Feb. 28, 12:03 p.m.: Staff at the Super 8 Motel heard someone yelling for help, and the voice was coming from one of the motel rooms. Police were called and knocked on the door but no one answered. Motel staff let officers into the room and they found a man lying on the bed. They asked if he was OK, and found he was not in danger.